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September 2017

Headteacher Induction for those New to Church School Headship

15 September @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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We invite you to our commissioning of new Church School Headteachers at our Induction Day on the 15th September 2017 (9.00am – 3.30pm) which will be led by Rt Rev Alan Wilson Bishop of Buckingham. The Commissioning and presentation of Bibles is an important part of the day which will also introduce you to your roles and responsibilities as church school headteachers. We will focus on the distinctive ethos of the church school and the responsibilities which you have in…

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Headteacher Appraisal

20 September @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Aylesbury Canal Society, Circus Field Basin
Aylesbury, Buckinhamshire HP20 1AP United Kingdom
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Carrying out the Headteacher’s appraisal review is a major responsibility of the governing body, and should be performed by governors who have undertaken appropriate training. We will show you how you can work with an experienced team of advisors to ensure that your statutory responsibilities for Headteacher appraisal are met and the best possible outcomes are achieved for all the children and young people in your school. The course will: Identify the key features of the process and the differing…

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Understanding Christianity Group 1 – Session 2 of 3

22 September @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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Understanding Christianity Training Supported by the Church of England Education Office and produced in conjunction with RE Today, Understanding Christianity is the new resource to enable schools to teach about Christianity in a coherent and informed fashion. Taking the strapline “Text, Impact, Connections” the resource uses biblical material to underpin enquiry into the practice and beliefs of Christianity. Training Dates for 2017 Group 1:     5th May 9 – 4;     22nd September 9 – 4;          17th November 9 –…

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The Role of the Governing Body in an Ofsted Inspection

28 September @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
St Bartholomews School, Andover Road
Newbury, Berkshire RG14 6JP United Kingdom
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The aim of the course: ‘The role that governance plays in ensuring that every child receives the best possible education has never been more important. We should not underestimate just how vital the role of governors and trustees has become in helping to raise standards. It is also why Ofsted now shines a brighter spotlight on the effectiveness of governing boards, and reports on their performance and their impact in greater detail. In short, the role is so important that…

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October 2017

Primary Headteachers Performance, Resilience & Support 2017 – 18 Day 1

10 October @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
St Mary’s Convent, Wantage, Challow Rd
Wantage , Oxfordshire OX12 9DJ United Kingdom
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MAIN PROGRAMME   Following the success of the Performance, Resilience and Support Programmes previously, we are currently leading several courses this year that enable all school leaders attending to pause and reflect on their personal professional journey and spiritual leadership as well as sharing strategies for coping with the challenges of headship. As a Diocese, we continue to be committed to this work and to providing this opportunity for more heads.   This ‘main’ programme is for those headteachers new…

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Becoming an Effective Governor

19 October @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
The Barns, Christ Church, Northcourt Rd
Abingdon , Oxfordshire OX14 1PL United Kingdom
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Ofsted’s current 14 criteria for governance raise significant new and refined challenges. That number increased from 9 to 14, and the next framework (in development now) is not expected to, in any way, reduce the relentless focus on governance. New aspects include reference to the agenda which has become known as ‘British values’; an explicit requirement for a very active transparency towards stakeholders; an expectation that governors do not confine their influence to within the school grounds; and an expectation…

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November 2017

Moving your School Forward

2 November @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
St James Centre, Church Lane
Finchampstead, Berkshire RG40 4LU United Kingdom
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Continuously driving school improvement, in all its forms, is a significant pressure on today’s school leaders.  Finding the time and space to take an objective look at your current practice is equally tough and yet the expectations on leadership teams in schools remain high. This afternoon session will provide you with an opportunity to consider current research and best practice and offer you the scope to critically evaluate your own school’s needs in order to move your school towards greater…

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Newly Qualified Teacher – Welcome & Induction

6 November @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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  This session welcomes all Newly Qualified Teachers to the profession and to working within a Church of England school. There will be opportunities to meet and discuss with newly qualified colleagues; hear about the work of the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education team and how we can support teachers new to the role to become effective practitioners in their church school. Short delivery and discussion sessions will include: Welcome to the Oxford Diocese – support and team The role…

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SIAMS Toolkit Workshop

14 November @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
St Michael’s Church, Warfield, Church Lane
Warfield, RG42 6EE
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This course aims to: Provide an update on the SIAMS self-evaluation and inspection processes. Give delegates the opportunity to complete aspects of the SIAMS tool kit. Review where you are with your self-evaluation. Provide time to focus on what makes your school distinctive and effective as a CE school. Provide time to reflect upon the evidence and impact sections of the tool kit. Make time to share ideas with colleagues. By the end of the course participants will have: Gained…

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Safeguarding

15 November @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
St James Centre, Church Lane
Finchampstead, Berkshire RG40 4LU United Kingdom
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‘Safeguarding’ continues to be a vital part of your school’s provision for its pupils and is an important test of you and your governing body’s leadership and management. It is also clearly a national and local priority for schools and is the target for increased scrutiny through Ofsted inspection regimes. Under the new 2015 handbook Ofsted will evaluate the effectiveness of a school’s provision using the Ofsted guidance ‘Inspecting safeguarding in maintained schools and academies’ and the key changes in…

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Worship Workshop

16 November @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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Worship is a vital part of the life of a Church School and critical part of the SIAMS process. Drawing on, and developing, many of the ideas underpinning the National Society ‘Worship Workshop’ website this course will explore many ideas of practical use in school worship – these will include: Practical links with biblical sources – linked to the Bible in Worship Project Pupil/Student leadership and creation of worship Worship throughout the life of the school – SMSC and Personal…

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So you’re the New RE Subject Leader!

20 November @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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During this course participants will listen to presentations, discuss and work in groups to: Explore what is meant by good RE including how it contributes to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development Get to grips with the ideas about standards, continuity and progression in the RE curriculum, considering examples of planning and assessment Discuss ways in which they can support and monitor RE in their schools Discuss school self-evaluation of RE Consider issues of resourcing in RE Look at…

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Managing and Understanding Data

23 November @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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Managing and understanding information about pupils’ achievements underpins the key work of any school. As the accountable body it is the responsibility of all Governors to have an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of pupil outcomes. But fear not it is not as mystifying as you may think! This module will provide you with information to ensure that as Governors you ‘do not shy away from challenging leaders about variations in outcomes for pupil groups, especially between disadvantaged and…

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Head Teacher Recruitment & Succession Planning

30 November @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Christ the Servant King, High Wycombe, Sycamore Road, Booker
High Wycombe, Buckingham HP12 4NP
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Appointing a new Head Teacher is probably the most important task that a governing body undertakes. There is a considerable body of evidence indicating that the quality of a school’s head teacher is the single most significant factor in its success. Appointing a high-quality head to lead teaching and learning in your school is something under the direct control of Governors that positively affects school improvement. During this session we will be looking at: Steps in the Head Teacher recruitment…

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December 2017

Understanding Christianity Group 3 – Session 3 of 3

1 December @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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Understanding Christianity Training Supported by the Church of England Education Office and produced in conjunction with RE Today, Understanding Christianity is the new resource to enable schools to teach about Christianity in a coherent and informed fashion. Taking the strapline “Text, Impact, Connections” the resource uses biblical material to underpin enquiry into the practice and beliefs of Christianity. Training Dates for 2017 Group 1:     5th May 9 – 4;     22nd September 9 – 4;          17th November 9 –…

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RE and Collective Worship

6 December @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
St James Centre, Church Lane
Finchampstead, Berkshire RG40 4LU United Kingdom
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Delegates will consider their roles and responsibilities as governors. We will focus on curriculum, monitoring and evaluation of Religious Education, including the current requirements of RE syllabuses. This will include: Brief overview of the current RE syllabus, including aims and teaching methods Legal responsibilities of governors towards RE syllabuses in different types of schools Monitoring & evaluation of RE Position of RE in respect of SIAMS & OFSTED Links between RE, SMSC, Personal Development and British Values We will also…

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Good to Outstanding Governance

14 December @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Aylesbury Canal Society, Circus Field Basin
Aylesbury, Buckinhamshire HP20 1AP United Kingdom
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This module is aimed at governing bodies of schools who are aiming to become outstanding. It is an interactive session that will enable governors to understand how inspectors judge outstanding governance and what this means in practice. It looks at the features of outstanding governing bodies, including the criteria that have been highlighted in recent governance reports under the latest inspection frameworks. It involves work on the descriptors for outstanding leadership and management, the latest publications on governance, suggestions for…

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January 2018

SIAMS Toolkit Workshop

08 January 2018 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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This course aims to: Provide an update on the SIAMS self-evaluation and inspection processes. Give delegates the opportunity to complete aspects of the SIAMS tool kit. Review where you are with your self-evaluation. Provide time to focus on what makes your school distinctive and effective as a CE school. Provide time to reflect upon the evidence and impact sections of the tool kit. Make time to share ideas with colleagues. By the end of the course participants will have: Gained…

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The Role of the Clerk

08 January 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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The role of the clerk, supporting within a governing body, has never been more essential. National guidelines and associations identify how a highly skilled clerk can be key to enabling a governing body to be effective in raising standards and enabling school improvement. This module will look at the key skills, knowledge and competencies needed to be an effective and informed clerk. This training is suitable for both new and experienced clerks   Course Leaders: Sarah Thomas/Ruth Bennie Cost: SLA…

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Primary School Headteachers’ Taster Session

19 January 2018 @ 12:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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Following the success of the Performance, Resilience and Support Programmes previously, we are currently leading several courses this year that enable all school leaders attending to pause and reflect on their personal professional journey and spiritual leadership as well as sharing strategies for coping with the challenges of headship.   We aim to make these days all a time of personal development and renewal for all who attend.   As a Diocese, we continue to be committed to this work…

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Finance Matters

23 January 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
The Barns, Christ Church, Northcourt Rd
Abingdon , Oxfordshire OX14 1PL United Kingdom
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Ensuring school finances are run well is key to the success of any Governing Body. One of the most important aspects is the way in which the reference to financial management has now become more specific – ‘solvency and probity’ is the new key phrase. School finances are also similarly stretched for all schools and governors must work effectively to avoid deficits and ensure best value for money in their schools. This module will provide an overview of good practice…

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Becoming an Effective Governor

31 January 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
St James Centre, Church Lane
Finchampstead, Berkshire RG40 4LU United Kingdom
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Ofsted’s current 14 criteria for governance raise significant new and refined challenges. That number increased from 9 to 14, and the next framework (in development now) is not expected to, in any way, reduce the relentless focus on governance. New aspects include reference to the agenda which has become known as ‘British values’; an explicit requirement for a very active transparency towards stakeholders; an expectation that governors do not confine their influence to within the school grounds; and an expectation…

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February 2018

Primary Headteachers Performance, Resilience & Support 2017 – 18 Day 2

06 February 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
St Mary’s Convent, Wantage, Challow Rd
Wantage , Oxfordshire OX12 9DJ United Kingdom
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MAIN PROGRAMME   Following the success of the Performance, Resilience and Support Programmes previously, we are currently leading several courses this year that enable all school leaders attending to pause and reflect on their personal professional journey and spiritual leadership as well as sharing strategies for coping with the challenges of headship. As a Diocese, we continue to be committed to this work and to providing this opportunity for more heads.   This ‘main’ programme is for those headteachers new…

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SIAMS: The Process and Preparation

06 February 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
The Barns, Christ Church, Northcourt Rd
Abingdon , Oxfordshire OX14 1PL United Kingdom
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The aim of the course This module will cover everything you need to know about the SIAMS process. It will take you through all the practicalities step by step covering such things as timings, how to prepare, what the day will look like, what you can use as evidence, who will need to do what, what questions might you be asked and what do you do with the report afterwards? Programme includes: Familiarisation with the current SIAMS framework and self-evaluation…

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Meeting Statutory Requirements

21 February 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Aylesbury Canal Society, Circus Field Basin
Aylesbury, Buckinhamshire HP20 1AP United Kingdom
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This module will explore the general responsibilities that the Governing Body has for the strategic direction of the school and ways in which the statutory responsibilities can be viewed as tools to promote high standards across various aspects of school life including educational achievement. The delivery of this module will include presentation as well as opportunities for discussion and reflection. Governors will be encouraged to work independently and in small groups in order to consider how the statutory responsibilities require…

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March 2018

Being a Chair of Governors

01 March 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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This module will focus particularly on supporting new and aspiring Chairs of Governors in the many tasks and skills required in leading a governing body to be excellent in both the support and challenge of a church school. Utilising the Diocese’s ‘Right Programme’, attendees will be helped to understand both the statutory requirements and key insights into how to lead a governing body successfully.   Course Leaders: Sarah Thomas/Ruth Bennie Cost: SLA schools: £45, or as part of Excellence in…

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The Role of the Governing Body in an Ofsted Inspection

07 March 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Aylesbury Canal Society, Circus Field Basin
Aylesbury, Buckinhamshire HP20 1AP United Kingdom
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The aim of the course: ‘The role that governance plays in ensuring that every child receives the best possible education has never been more important. We should not underestimate just how vital the role of governors and trustees has become in helping to raise standards. It is also why Ofsted now shines a brighter spotlight on the effectiveness of governing boards, and reports on their performance and their impact in greater detail. In short, the role is so important that…

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Managing and Understanding Data

14 March 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
St Bartholomews School, Andover Road
Newbury, Berkshire RG14 6JP United Kingdom
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Managing and understanding information about pupils’ achievements underpins the key work of any school. As the accountable body it is the responsibility of all Governors to have an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of pupil outcomes. But fear not it is not as mystifying as you may think! This module will provide you with information to ensure that as Governors you ‘do not shy away from challenging leaders about variations in outcomes for pupil groups, especially between disadvantaged and…

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Headteacher Induction for those New to Church School Headship – Session 2

16 March 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Barns, Christ Church, Northcourt Rd
Abingdon , Oxfordshire OX14 1PL United Kingdom
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The follow-up session in March will focus on practical issues and solutions to challenges that we meet in our schools. There will be opportunity for discussion and serving headteachers will present the views from their own schools. Target Audience: All new church school Headteachers Course Leader: The Diocesan Education team Follow up session – 16th March 2017 12.30pm – 4pm Cost: Day 1 £55 (+VAT) to cover course materials and lunch Follow-up session £40 (+VAT) to cover course materials and…

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Safeguarding

22 March 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
The Barns, Christ Church, Northcourt Rd
Abingdon , Oxfordshire OX14 1PL United Kingdom
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‘Safeguarding’ continues to be a vital part of your school’s provision for its pupils and is an important test of you and your governing body’s leadership and management. It is also clearly a national and local priority for schools and is the target for increased scrutiny through Ofsted inspection regimes. Under the new 2015 handbook Ofsted will evaluate the effectiveness of a school’s provision using the Ofsted guidance ‘Inspecting safeguarding in maintained schools and academies’ and the key changes in…

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April 2018

Moving your School Forward

18 April 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Barns, Christ Church, Northcourt Rd
Abingdon , Oxfordshire OX14 1PL United Kingdom
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Continuously driving school improvement, in all its forms, is a significant pressure on today’s school leaders.  Finding the time and space to take an objective look at your current practice is equally tough and yet the expectations on leadership teams in schools remain high. This afternoon session will provide you with an opportunity to consider current research and best practice and offer you the scope to critically evaluate your own school’s needs in order to move your school towards greater…

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Head Teacher Recruitment & Succession Planning

25 April 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
St James Centre, Church Lane
Finchampstead, Berkshire RG40 4LU United Kingdom
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Appointing a new Head Teacher is probably the most important task that a governing body undertakes. There is a considerable body of evidence indicating that the quality of a school’s head teacher is the single most significant factor in its success. Appointing a high-quality head to lead teaching and learning in your school is something under the direct control of Governors that positively affects school improvement. During this session we will be looking at: Steps in the Head Teacher recruitment…

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May 2018

SIAMS Toolkit Workshop

08 May 2018 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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This course aims to: Provide an update on the SIAMS self-evaluation and inspection processes. Give delegates the opportunity to complete aspects of the SIAMS tool kit. Review where you are with your self-evaluation. Provide time to focus on what makes your school distinctive and effective as a CE school. Provide time to reflect upon the evidence and impact sections of the tool kit. Make time to share ideas with colleagues. By the end of the course participants will have: Gained…

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RE and Collective Worship

17 May 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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Delegates will consider their roles and responsibilities as governors. We will focus on curriculum, monitoring and evaluation of Religious Education, including the current requirements of RE syllabuses. This will include: Brief overview of the current RE syllabus, including aims and teaching methods Legal responsibilities of governors towards RE syllabuses in different types of schools Monitoring & evaluation of RE Position of RE in respect of SIAMS & OFSTED Links between RE, SMSC, Personal Development and British Values We will also…

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Meeting Statutory Requirements

24 May 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Church House Oxford, Langford Lock
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1GF United Kingdom
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This module will explore the general responsibilities that the Governing Body has for the strategic direction of the school and ways in which the statutory responsibilities can be viewed as tools to promote high standards across various aspects of school life including educational achievement. The delivery of this module will include presentation as well as opportunities for discussion and reflection. Governors will be encouraged to work independently and in small groups in order to consider how the statutory responsibilities require…

Find out more »
June 2018

Becoming an Effective Governor

06 June 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Aylesbury Canal Society, Circus Field Basin
Aylesbury, Buckinhamshire HP20 1AP United Kingdom
+ Google Map

Ofsted’s current 14 criteria for governance raise significant new and refined challenges. That number increased from 9 to 14, and the next framework (in development now) is not expected to, in any way, reduce the relentless focus on governance. New aspects include reference to the agenda which has become known as ‘British values’; an explicit requirement for a very active transparency towards stakeholders; an expectation that governors do not confine their influence to within the school grounds; and an expectation…

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SIAMS: The Process and Preparation

28 June 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Christ the Servant King, High Wycombe, Sycamore Road, Booker
High Wycombe, Buckingham HP12 4NP
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The aim of the course This module will cover everything you need to know about the SIAMS process. It will take you through all the practicalities step by step covering such things as timings, how to prepare, what the day will look like, what you can use as evidence, who will need to do what, what questions might you be asked and what do you do with the report afterwards? Programme includes: Familiarisation with the current SIAMS framework and self-evaluation…

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Good to Outstanding Governance

29 June 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
St Bartholomews School, Andover Road
Newbury, Berkshire RG14 6JP United Kingdom
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This module is aimed at governing bodies of schools who are aiming to become outstanding. It is an interactive session that will enable governors to understand how inspectors judge outstanding governance and what this means in practice. It looks at the features of outstanding governing bodies, including the criteria that have been highlighted in recent governance reports under the latest inspection frameworks. It involves work on the descriptors for outstanding leadership and management, the latest publications on governance, suggestions for…

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July 2018

Primary Headteachers Performance, Resilience & Support 2017 – 18 Day 3

06 July 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
St Mary’s Convent, Wantage, Challow Rd
Wantage , Oxfordshire OX12 9DJ United Kingdom
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MAIN PROGRAMME   Following the success of the Performance, Resilience and Support Programmes previously, we are currently leading several courses this year that enable all school leaders attending to pause and reflect on their personal professional journey and spiritual leadership as well as sharing strategies for coping with the challenges of headship. As a Diocese, we continue to be committed to this work and to providing this opportunity for more heads.   This ‘main’ programme is for those headteachers new…

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